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Title: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 28, 2019, 02:36:10 PM
Does anyone know what happened to Ed Mead's B&SR photo collection?  Was it donated to some organization and if so, which one?   Or is it still in the family? 
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 28, 2019, 08:52:21 PM
That would be great to look through.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 28, 2019, 09:08:50 PM
Ed Mead's son E. Thorn Mead, is still around and lives in Marblehead, Mass., I believe. I think he had some interest in the Maine Narrow Gauge, so maybe someone there knows how to contact him. He may still have his father's photos. If not, he surely knows where they are.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: James Patten on October 28, 2019, 09:26:30 PM
Thorn Mead died in 2008: https://marblehead.wickedlocal.com/article/20080409/NEWS/304099743 (https://marblehead.wickedlocal.com/article/20080409/NEWS/304099743).  He's survived by his two daughters and a brother.  Edgar Mead's wife Emily died in 2016.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 28, 2019, 09:27:21 PM
At least some of Mead's books have been dispersed. Several years ago I purchased (online, sight unseen) an old back issue of the R&LHS Bulletin which included an article on the Billerica & Bedford.  When it came in the mail I was amazed to find "Edgar T. Mead North Street Greenwich, Conn." stamped on the cover.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 29, 2019, 05:33:35 AM
Thank you all for the info!  I'm trying to track down a particular photo that was part of his collection and was reprinted in "Busted and Still Running" and "Two Feet to the Lakes" hoping to get a copy.  These leads will be helpful.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Mike Fox on October 29, 2019, 06:57:15 AM
Dana, I have a collection of photos I have worked to gather, and some may be prints from Edgars collection. Do you have a page number in either book?  I will then look and see if I have it in my collection.

Maine Narrow Gauge had a great Archive room where I gathered some pictures for the reprint of The Twenty Four Inch Gauge Railroad at Bridgton, Maine. I am not sure where the archives are now or if they are even accessible. And the other place to look would be the Bridgton Historical Society. They have a good collection of photos there as well.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 30, 2019, 05:25:43 AM
Thanks, Mike.  I have made two trips to the Bridgton Historical Society this year and didn't see the particular photo I am looking for but did find a photocopy of another photo that I am now pursuing in addition to the one I am looking for that was in Ed Mead's collection.  I don't remember the page number off the top of my head but the photo shows BSR 6 and BSR 4 double heading a plow train.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2019, 06:11:53 AM
I don't remember having a photo like that but will look.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 30, 2019, 08:56:19 AM
My goal is to get copies of as many photos of BSR 4 as I can find.  I have a few and I'd like to have good quality copies of others I've seen.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on October 30, 2019, 10:42:27 AM
Dana, as you may recall, I do have a soft spot for the B&SR. I also have a large amount of material on the B&SR.  If there is a picture in a particular book that you would like a copy of, just ask and I will forward a copy if I have it.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 30, 2019, 11:26:14 AM
Thanks, Duncan.  Right now I am on the trail of a couple of photos.  One shows BSR 4 in front of Perley's Mills Station and I have found out that the photographer was George French.  I tracked his daughter in law (who is still living!) to Parsonsfield and she said that all of his glass plates went to the State Archives so that will be a next stop.  I'd like to get a copy from the glass plate as they make very clear photos. 
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: James Patten on October 30, 2019, 12:04:00 PM
It's my understanding the many of the glass negatives at the State Archives have yet to be categorized.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 30, 2019, 01:44:29 PM
That's right James.  When I called them they said that they has some of the French collection cataloged but not all of it.  The photo I am looking for was not among those that have been so I need to make a trip up there sometime.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2019, 07:38:27 PM
I have this photo Dana.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdb9DQHP/1030191931.jpg)
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 30, 2019, 09:03:01 PM
For reference, is this the plow train photo you're looking for, Dana? It's in Mead's The Bridgton Narrow Gauge, page 31.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 30, 2019, 09:14:39 PM
I have a 5x7 print of this one I'd be happy to contribute to your project if you don't already have it.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 31, 2019, 05:34:54 AM
Thank you, both!  Mike, I have a nice copy of that photo of 4.  Philip, yes, that is the photo I was talking about.  And no, I don't have a copy of the second photo which was taken by Hugh Boutelle, I believe, and that is wife standing next to 4.  I'd take you up on the offer of a copy and would pay for any copying expense.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Dana Deering on October 31, 2019, 05:41:19 AM
The photo of the plow train shows more detail than I've seen in other repros of it.  That's why I am trying to find uncropped copies or the negatives so I can see all of the details in the photographs.  This phot that Philip posted shows the flanger (?) coupled behind 4.  I hadn't seen that in the other copies.

Speaking of BSR plows, I have heard that my mother's cousin has her father's BSR photos and there may be a photo of Plow #1 among them.  I'll be investigating that shortly.
Title: Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 31, 2019, 05:53:27 PM
Speaking of Hugh G. Boutelle, I have been trying for several years to learn what happened to his collection after his passing. He was a pioneer of photographing narrow gauges and obscure short line railroads.